Wet Weather Tips

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by rossage, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    You guys that have been out in the snow and rain, make sure you take that wet gear out of your bag and let it dry.
    We got a couple of days till the next round of rain.
    Don't forget the shoes and gloves...
    Re-lube your chain and check your brake pads.
     
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  2. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I strip down in the basement and throw it all in the wash. Pack goes in, too! Then I make the mad dash streak upstairs!

    I cleaned up both bikes today... probably got 5 pounds of grit out.

    :thumbsup:
     
  3. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I also ordered some pants. That “slushee in the shorts” feeling was a little too thrilling for me! I don't need that much excitement...
     
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  4. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Basement? Are they including basements in modern houses?
     
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  5. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I have a room below ground level, so we refer to it as the basement.
     
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  6. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    :thumbsup:
     
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  7. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Maple Valley WA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    YT Jeffsy 29
    I take small storage bin with me and in it is a pair of dry pants, t shirt, shoes, and a towel. I usual change right at the trail head, put all my yucky gear in the bin and when I get home I hang them up to dry out and then wash in the next laundry round. It’s funny cuz I think I have more MTB clothes than normal clothes.
     
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  8. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
  9. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Vassago/Trek
    Yes, it's a basement but generally speaking, basements are rare out West, especially in modern homes. Do your neighbors/friends have basements?
     
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  10. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Neighbors... Every single one... :p And to put it in perspective, basements are extremely popular in California compared to Florida. :p

    Now maybe we can return to our regularly scheduled programming of Uncle Ross's Wet Weather Wisdoms.
     
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    I built 1o2 homes in California, between 2000 and 2009 and almost everyone I built had a full on basement... :thumbsup:
     
  12. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Someone with their priorities straight! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::coffee:
     
  13. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    Stuffing newspapers in your wet shoes helps expedite the drying process.
    Read that online and since no one reads newspapers anymore, I remove the insoles and stuff the shoes with dry cleaning rags instead.
     
  14. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    I have a fan in the garage....pull the insoles out and put the wet shoes in front of the fan for a couple hours.....all dry.
     
  15. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Same here. Hang the stuff in front of the fan, boot and gloves too, dry in a couple of hours.

    Hey @Luis! Try Stuffing your shoes with internet "fake " news!
     
  16. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    My shoes are on top of the wife's curio cabinet, which is strategically placed under the heater vent and ceiling fan. She hasn't noticed them yet... :p
     
  17. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2003 Giant Rainier
    How about the smell? My trail running shoes get quite the funk from going through streams. Fan dry in the garage after a good hosing.
     
  18. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    I washed them out in the creek crossings on the way down. Good clean freezing cold water... :thumbsup:


    I'm shopping for water proof shoes next... Ordered pants yesterday!
     
  19. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Maple Valley WA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    YT Jeffsy 29
    A couple extra items that are essential for me as well. First is a boot dryer. So much worth the $35!! Plop it on after your ride and your shoes will be toasty warm by next days ride.

    For waterproof gear I also use this Tech wash which is specific to maintain waterproofness when washing. I hang instead of putting the gear in the dryer.

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  20. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Dish on it, guy-from-frozen-land, we want to geek out on fabrics and features... :geek:
     
  21. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2003 Giant Rainier
    I've tried some waterproof running shoes, the problem is that once you get ankle deep, the water seeps in and then stays in.
    The recent creeks I was in were pretty mucky and muddy. No clean water there.
     
  22. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Love the boot dryer!
     
  23. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    By using a combo of the Shimano MW-81 boot, some gaiters, and long rain pants, I am able to survive a deep dip or two but you gotta be quick.
    You are right, if the water gets into the top of a gore tex shoe, it's staying there for a while.
     
  24. DangerDirtyD

    DangerDirtyD iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    CA
    Name:
    Chicken Nugget
    Current Bike:
    2013 Trek Slash 9
    My problem with the TX.Direct Wash-In is that it waterproofs the inside of the garment as well, and then the sweat has no where to go. For that reason, I prefer the Nikwax spray to use only on the exterior of the garment.
     
  25. Grego

    Grego iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Rice works just as well too. Then later you can have it with your meal.;)
     
  26. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    Instead of sticky rice I can make Stinky rice.
    YUM
    :gag:
     
  27. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    If it’s just for the day and the temps are not too low, that water will warm up and help insulate your feet. Cotton kills, of course.
     
  28. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Yep. I've done this numerous times. That brings us to:

    Top #420-Don't over-sock yourself.

    That is, don't stuff super thick socks into your shoes. If your shoes are tight and you can't wiggle your toes, you're going to get cold feet anyway.
     
  29. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    A tip to live by – right on, Ross. Air (and water in a pinch) is insulation! :thumbsup: If the Germans had deployed tip 420 in their invasion of Russia, they might not have been rebuffed. The Russians sized their boots generously. :geek:

    No understand why super-tight gloves. Those make my hands cold and tired. XXL here, please.
     
  30. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Oh c'mon. The Russians were just more obstinate. And more pissed.
     
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